A Collection of City Thoughts


Projects


[recent projects]
Cutlery Canopy

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
First Canadian Place & Exchange Tower, Toronto
April 17  28, 2017


Between Doors (Brussels edition)

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
A commission for in/future festival
Ontario Place, Toronto
Sep 15  25, 2016

Part installation, part sociological survey, Between Doors invites audiences into an evolving narrative on the nature of choice. What is choice? Are we the sum of our choices? Are we in control of the choices we make or is choice merely an illusion?

Confronted by a series of free-standing doorways, participants are asked to make a choice; for every decision, there lies a doorway; through that doorway, another set of doorways; and through that doorway, another set of choices. 


[past projects]

Passage 

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
A commission for in/future festival
Ontario Place, Toronto
Sep 15  25, 2016



Passage

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
A commission for the City of Nanaimo's Public Art Program 
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Maffeo Sutton Park
May 2016  May 2017


Between Doors (Boston edition)

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
A commission for ILLUMINUS BOSTON
Fenway Park, Boston
October 3  4, 2015

Empty(ing) Nest | Vider le nid


Empty(ing) Nest is a towering installation (doubling as a yard sale) constructed from the personal belongings of a suburban couple from Laval, Quebec. The project explores the personal histories we construct through the objects we consume and the value we place upon those objects we choose to let go.
Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:

BANLIEUE VS LE MONDE
A commission for Maison des Arts de Laval
Curated by Jasmine Colizza
Aug 1 – 30, 2015
Passage 

Set against the backdrop of Toronto’s infamous Don River, cross sections of a canoe are scattered, divided and sunken into a concrete scene. This large-scale installation pays tribute to the river’s long and tumultuous history, suggesting a civic call to action — a fierce reclamation and reconnection to Toronto’s waterways.

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
SHIFT
A commission for Toronto's Pan Am Path
Curated by East End Arts
On view underneath Don Mills Rd. Bridge, Toronto
July 11 –  Sep 30, 2015



Between Doors (Toronto edition)

Part installation, part sociological survey, Between Doors invites audiences into an evolving narrative on the nature of choice. What is choice? Are we the sum of our choices? Are we in control of the choices we make, or is choice merely an illusion?

Confronted by a series of free-standing doorways, participants are asked to make a choice; for every decision there lies a doorway; through that doorway, another set of doorways; and through that doorway, another set of choices. 

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
Fort York, Toronto
October 5, 2014


Empty(ing) Nest

Empty(ing) Nest is a towering installation (doubling as a yard sale) constructed from the personal objects and belongings of one suburban family: the Mendes clan. Accumulated over the span of 25 years, transplanted from the artist’s childhood home, and installed in the gallery, this vast collection offers a static portrait of a family in transition. Now with their children fully grown and on their own, Mr. & Mrs. M. face the daunting task of purging their four-bedroom home.
Empty(ing) Nest explores the personal histories we construct through the objects we consume and the value we place upon those objects we choose to let go. All items on display will be available for purchase at the end of this exhibition. Items can be viewed online at emptyingnest.com

A project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
SUBURBIA
Curated by Patrick Macauly
Harbourfront Centre, Artport Gallery
September 26 - December 28, 2014

Don Was Here

Don Was Here is a meandering public installation that retraces the original “lost pathway” of the Don River and leads passersby on an experiential journey to Todmorden Mills — Toronto’s first industrial community. Marked along the Lower Don Trail in locations where the original river route crosses the existing pathway, Don Was Here encourages pedestrians to stop, reflect and consider the historical significance of this important waterway.

Visit DONWASHERE.com to view an interactive map of the original Don River and to post photos of your walk along the Lower Don Trail.

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
June 21 - Sep 21, 2014


Passage

Passage is a collection of projects that respond to the challenges we face connecting to our lakefront in an increasingly urbanized landscape. Embracing the canoe as a cultural and historic icon for exploration, these projects suggest a call to action — a fierce reclamation and reconnection to Toronto’s waterfront and waterways.

Project by Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes)

Show:
Harbourfront Centre, Architecture Gallery

LAKE EFFECT
Curated by Patrick Macaulay
June 21 – September 14, 2014


Arthur
Arthur / Mock-Up
Meet Arthur, a solitary but loveable creature on the Danforth. For 10 days, his fate rests with us. Can we keep Arthur alive?

Interactive Storefront Installation
By Labspace Studio (Laura Mendes & John Loerchner)

Show:
Venue - 1896 Danforth Avenue
May 2-11, 2014


a hydro picnic under the stars


Site-Specific / Interactive Installation
By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner

Show:
Art Souterrain Festival / Nuit Blanche, Montreal, CA
March 1-16, 2014
*Project was first produced in 2010 for "Hydro Hike" exhibition in Toronto


I'm Only Human


We all make mistakes. But what does it mean to say “I'm Sorry”? This large-scale installation examines the loaded language of regret using 100 golden letter-shaped balloons.

Entrance Installation
By Labspace Studio (Laura Mendes & John Loerchner)

Show:
The Artist Project | Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, CA
Feb 20-23, 2014


Overheard


Using a pair of modified headphones (equipped w/ spy mics) the artists are able to covertly record moments of exchange, exposing the underlying psychology of verbal communication. Overheard explores the act of passive and active eavesdropping in public spaces, calling attention to the impact of one's own "auditory footprint" in a city.

An investigative collaboration by TIMEANDDESIRE (Denise St. Marie & Tim Walker) & Labspace Studio (Laura Mendes & John Loerchner)

Show:
99 Gallery | July 26-27 2013 | The Noise Project | Toronto, CA


Advice for the Living


Advice for the Living is a social experiment, public intervention and video art installation. The project explores the elusive and interrelated themes of wisdom, knowledge and happiness.

By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner
Pattison Onestop / Art in Transit Commission, Toronto, CA
*Visit project website

Screening:
July 15-28 2013 in Toronto's underground subway system



365 Things in 365 Days


An experiential art project/challenge to do 365 things in 365 days
By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner



Confessions Underground


Part social experiment, part public intervention, Confessions Underground is a video based art project that gives willing participants the rare opportunity to record a private on-camera confession and broadcast it publicly over 300 of Toronto’s digital subway platform screens. This project received press from almost every major news source in Toronto, along with national and international media attention.

By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner
Pattison Onestop Commission, Toronto, CA

Screening:
July 2-15 2012 in Toronto's underground subway system



tree swing in leslie spit



Site specific installation [Leslie Spit, east-end Toronto]
By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner


Memories Are Like Water


Video/Sound/Light/Movement Installation (watch)
By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner

Show:
In Memory (as part of the (Re)collection Project)
August 19-21, 2011
717 Queen St (defunct funeral parlour)

*Visit online gallery for more pics


Snow Day with Nana

 

3-Part Video Installation (watch)
By Laura Mendes

Show:
Snow Days Exhibition (as part of the Snow Days Project)
February - March, 2011
Labspace Studio, Toronto

a hydro picnic under the stars
somewhere in suburbia


Interactive Light Installation
By Laura Mendes & John Loerchner

Show:
Hydro Hike (as part of the East End Expedition Series)
November 5-7, 2010
Labspace Studio

*A little rant about making this and more pics

Still City Sleep


Performance, Installation and Live Projection

Concept and Installation by Laura Mendes & John Loerchner
Visuals by John Loerchner
Choreography by Laura Mendes
Writing by Laura Mendes

Show:
A Night with Leslie (as part of the East End Expedition Series)
September 10-12, 2010
Labspace Studio, Toronto

*A little rant about making this
*Online gallery to full performance pics
*Excerpt video of 'writing' portion of performance



Climbing Walls


Performance and Live Projection (watch)

Concept by Laura Mendes & John Loerchner
Visuals by John Loerchner
Choreography by Laura Mendes
Music by Hauschka & Aphex Twin

Show:
As part of the Hot Soup Series
June 10, 2009
Labspace Studio, Toronto

*Online gallery to full performance pics

Leaving


Choreography by Laura Music
Music by Nina Simone

Show:
As part of New Grounds with Ballet Creole's PTP dancers
May 10, 2009
Winchester Theatre, Toronto


It's a small world (after all)


An interactive performance installation linked via internet, audio and video feeds.

Created by Emmma Baron, Annie Onyi Cheung, Adam Herst, John Loerchner, Laura Mendes, Gram Schmalz & Laura Smith

Show: As part of in/exterior exhibition
Curated by Anne Gullotti and Ginger Scott for Artzone Festival

March 27, 2009
University of Toronto Campus' - Mississauga, Scarborough and St. George


On a Sunnyside Mourning


A site-specific performance installation set against the backdrop of Lake Ontario and the Gardiner Expressway – both a mourning and tribute to Parkdale's eroded history.

Created by Emmma Baron, Annie Onyi Cheung, Adam Herst, John Loerchner, Laura Mendes, Gram Schmalz & Laura Smith,

Show: As part of the Queen West Art Crawl, curated by Swapne Tamhane
September 14, 2008
Parkdale, Toronto

*Online gallery to full performance pics

5 x 4


A performance/installation for 20 performers and 20 household objects

Created by Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant

Show: Cinecyle Underground, Toronto
Aug 8, 2008